5 Reasons Why You Need to Start Giving Yourself Facial Massages
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Giving yourself a facial massage has never been easier - with beautiful tools galore to choose from (or your hands!), all the how-to's outlined online, and only a few minutes of your time, you can give your skin some serious TLC from the comforts of your own home.
Give yourself a facial massage prior to bed and wake up with a glow. Didn't get enough sleep and it shows? Enter a facial massage to depuff and rejuvenate tired looking skin.
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Here are five reasons why you'll want to start incorporating facial massages into your self-care routine:
- Eases tension and stress in your face. Your face is rarely relaxed - from frowning and smiling to looking at a computer/TV screen, your facial muscles get quite the workout! Regularly massaging your face can help relieve that tension by toning and tightening your facial muscles, as well as reinvigorating and energizing skin. If you tense your jaw or grind your teeth at night, massaging along your jawline (note, this is probably my favorite benefit to facial massaging, I notice a huge difference in my sleep quality when I use my jade roller on my jawline at night!).
- Relieves sinus pressure. Facial massage boosts circulation and promotes lymphatic drainage, both of which can help drain sinus mucus, ease congestion, and relieve overall pressure. Try immediately after a hot shower or bath.
- Releases toxins. Make-up and toxins from the environment can cause a lot of build-up on your skin. Massage helps release these toxins by increasing blood flow and promoting lymphatic drainage.
- Stimulates circulation. Facial massage boosts your circulation (read: more oxygen to the skin). A boost in oxygen has a host of benefits, including increasing collagen production and cell growth. This leads to an overall improvement in your skin's appearance (hello, glow!).
- Helps your skincare products absorption. This one is probably pretty obvious and straightforward. But worth a mention - especially if you drop serious $$$ on skincare products like I do! Make them work!
There are many different methods to facial massages. I prefer to use a tool like a Gua Sha or Jade Roller but you can just as easily use your hands. Focus on your pressure points (temples, jawline) for tension relief, and roll or 'scrape' in upwards/outwards motions for lymphatic drainage, anti-aging, and better circulation. Clean your skin prior to starting (you don't want to rub that make-up more into your skin!) and use a little serum or moisturizer - I think a facial massage works better with a little product.
While some results can be noticed instantly (glowly skin, minimized puffiness), others take time (anti-aging, long-term tension relief). Make facial massages a regular part of your weekly routine to fully reap its benefits!
Check out our article on Dry Body Brushing too!
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